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JJ Abrams Screens New Star Trek For Dying Fan


On Christmas Day a user of the social news site Reddit posted a message on behalf of his friend Dan, diagnosed with two types of cancer and given just a few weeks to live. His one request was to be able to see the upcoming Star Trek sequel, Into Darkness.

The news made its way to director JJ Abrams who scheduled a personal screening of the unfinished film.

Dan’s wife posted a message on Reddit after the screening, saying:

“Hi everyone, it’s Daniel’s wife, we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture…. However; Daniel ‘hates’ being an ‘inspiring cancer story’ we his friends and loved ones would prefer for the update to have more of a heartfelt message of giving, especially during this season: This is a story of us giving something to him, the ‘internet’ community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others. This story of us (and of course JJAbrams & Bad Robot) being able to give this surprise gift of a screening to a huge movie buff like Daniel, especially a film made by a film maker who obviously makes movies with such care, with a fan like Daniel in mind (and a person like me who knows slightly less about these things).

…It was a wonderful thing to see with Daniel and a wonderful thing to see Daniel enjoy – Making someone as ill as he is smile for any length of time really makes a difference. (At this point making me smile is good too) …We are so grateful thank you, thank you, thank you….”

A warm, humanity-affirming gesture, and the positive publicity won’t hurt either. Let’s just hope the more cynical critics do not see it as an exploitative move by the production company.

Star Trek: Into Darkness is released on May 17, 2013.

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  • ace_antipolo said

    IM NOT A FAN OF “STAR TREK”.
    I HAVENT WATCHED A SINGLE MOVIE FROM THE FRANCHISE EITHER.
    BUT WHEN I SAW THE POSTER OF “STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS”,
    I BECAME CURIOUS ABOUT IT…
    I THINK IM GONNA GET SOME DOSAGE OF ‘SCI-FI’ IN MY MOVIE LIST THIS YEAR!
    🙂

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  • Terry said

    That was a really great thing done for Dan, and the wifes response was heartfelt..

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